Since our inception, the Capital Restaurant Concepts (CRC) family has been actively involved in giving back to the community. Our efforts and contributions are not only varied in their approaches, but also vast in their expanse — working towards a common goal. We feel a strong commitment to our guests, to the neighborhoods and communities they live in, as well as to the organizations that are important to them. While we nurture the body and mind every day with our dedication to serving excellent food in an inviting atmosphere, it is also extremely important to the CRC family to nurture our society in ways that are meaningful.

Community Service

Thanks to our Co-Founder, Paul J. Cohn, CRC has raised the bar high in terms of our standards and commitment to local issues.

Stricter laws targeted at underage drinking in the District of Columbia, making the cardholder, not only the purveyor who supplies the alcohol, held legally accountable.

"Recorked Wine Bottle Take Home for DC Issue" (a.k.a. Wine Doggy Bags).

"Accrued Sick and Safe Days Act of 2008” was passed but not before a number of amendments were added that make this bill much more reasonable than originally proposed.

The "Bag Tax", allowing restaurants to be exempt from charging for paper bags only.

Service on the DC Taxi Cab Commission working for the standardization for taxi service in the District as time and distance meters for all Taxi Cabs.

Community Programs

Capital Restaurant Concepts has served the community through its restaurants through the donation of goods, services, space, gift certificates, time, and knowledge, resulting in well over $200,000 each year to local and national nonprofit organizations, to include participation and giving to the following organizations:

Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, represents and promotes the foodservice industry in the Washington Metropolitan area through education, government relations, and socio-professional activities, and is continually "Fighting for the Right to Eat, Drink & Be Merry. Hospitably, Responsibly & Profitably"®.

Share Our Strength, works to weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children facing hunger and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play, through relationships with the culinary industry in programs like Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation®, Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale®, Share Our Strength’s A Tasteful Pursuit®, Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out™.

Food & Friend's, fosters a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.

DC Central Kitchen, a locally based non-profit that serves to build long-term solutions to the interconnected problems of poverty, hunger, and homelessness.

Groundhog Job Shadow Day, a program facilitated to provide DC high-school students with the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a chef, restauranteur, or hospitality professional.

DC Firefighters Burn Foundation, a DC based fire-fighter run organization dedicated to assisting in the recovery and rehabilitation of injured firefighters and burn patients in the D.C. Metropolitan Area.

Opportunities and Resources

Capital Restaurant Concepts employees over 400 people, making us one of the largest restaurant employers in the area. We train our people and provide them with support and all necessary resources — but most importantly, we empower them. We value our people for their ideas and their hard work and work to foster their growth potential. We are proud to be the company of choice for many in the restaurant and hospitality industry, with many employees having served over 15 years in our family of restaurants.

Not only do we play a role in community prosperity through sales, we also contribute through purchases. Whenever possible, our restaurants procure products locally, whether produce or kitchen equipment, fostering the economy by buying from those in our community.